I'm not a fan, but I'm thinking about growing some for Venerable Mom.
She likes small ones, that she slices up and puts in salads. Apparently when they get larger the skin gets tougher, taste takes a dive, etc. I dunno, I'm not a fan.
Anyway, staying away from pickling or gherkin cukes, which don't seem to be what I want, do I just grow "normal" cukes and harvest them when they're small? I'd rather grow a vine type rather than a bush type to save space.
Post by gardendmpls on Mar 24, 2020 12:04:11 GMT -5
Those are nice ones. I find that I can eat my home grown cukes, but I despise the store bought ones. Either over-maturity or the longer time between harvest and eating give them a bitter flavor, especially the skin. Don't need to peel my own fresh cukes. Will grow the pickling kind, also. Getting better at pickling. Always throw a hot pepper in with the garlic and other stuff for a hint of heat.
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Any type of Persian style mini cucumbers would be good. I'm sure those would be nice but any Persian or Beit alpha type would work. I think though you could get some cheaper seed source, although obviously Johnnies is a great source.
They have much thinner skins and I just think are much tastier. If you haven't tried them before a nearby trader Joes or any middle eastern grocery you might have around will carry them.
I think though you could get some cheaper seed source, although obviously Johnnies is a great source.
Yeah, they are kinda expensive, but I also want to order another of the new salanova lettuces, and they seem to be one of the few that have them. I've started some of the salanova crisp and oakleaf, but now want to try a butter. They seem to come only pelleted.
So have you grown the salanova lettuces before, I'd be interested in what you think so far.
Is the idea that they basically grow as a loose leaf head that falls apart at harvest. So a sort of improved salad bowl type variety. I'm not sure the advantage over picking leaves from individual lettuces as they grow but I guess its easier to just harvest a whole head and probably great for commercial harvesting.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 7, 2020 11:02:58 GMT -5
I have a new variety of picking cuke this season - Wisconsin 58, which is a variety that is supposedly resistant to the bacterial wilt, for a different reason than the County Fair, the only variety that I have been able to grow forever. Little Leaf - another one supposedly resistant, just didn't grow well, the two seasons I tried it. The 58 seems to be doing great, KOW, and I have to make something with all these cucumbers soon! It is growing more "indeterminately" than CF, with different sized ones on the plants, while the only CF had 5 ready to pick at once, then got several more developing at once. One of first two cukes, 6-23, a Wisconsin 58, new to me this year. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
I only planted one hill of cukes, hoping it survives. Last year the cuke beetles got them. They are growing on a fence and I've been watching them like a hawk. Straight Eight is the variety. It's not the year to make relish, I only do that every 3 yrs.
Cucumbers are a challenge this year. Of my first planting, one plant survived. It sat there with just a couple of tiny leaves, doing nothing. I watered it, shaded it a bit, gave it water, gave it sunshine. And it just sat there. Thinking this might be the summer with no cucumbers, I filled two five gallon buckets with soil mix and planted one bucket with a Diva and one bucket with another variety. Unfortunately, hubby moved the buckets so he could get the tractor in to the garden. I didn’t put markers in the buckets because I knew the East bucket was Diva cucumbers . After he moved them, they were located in a north south position. It’s a crapshoot...it doesn’t matter. I just want some cucumbers and I don’t want to buy the in the grocery store.
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My cucumbers just sat there too. Then something chewed half of them down and I even had them netted. The replacement plants are up but not even starting to climb the trellis. I have 3 or four plants that are climbing. Not a good cucumber year here either.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 11, 2020 13:56:27 GMT -5
I had one of my cukes eaten by something, early on, leaving me with just 3. So I anted some more seeds, but the only one that germinated just isn't growing! So a week ago I took some cuttings, and put them in my cloner, and after a day, they looked dead, but they recovered incredibly well. So 4 days ago I took 2 more cuttings, and the same thing happened, and after 4 days they recovered, qnd are growing straight up now. Here are the roots on one of the first cuttings, and another photo of one of the first ones, with the second cuttings behind. I would have transplanted the first two today, but there are possible thunderstorms later, so I'll wait a day. Roots growing on County Fair clone, after 7 days, 7-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr